10 infected, 3 hospitalized in Montana assisted living COVID-19 outbreak

Posted at 3:08 PM, Sep 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-29 17:09:06-04

A total of 10 COVID-19 cases have been found in the Meadowlark assisted living facility in Columbus, according to a Tuesday media release from Stillwater County Public Health.

The cases were first confirmed on Sept. 23. Both employees and residents have been infected, and three residents have been hospitalized, the release states.

The facility will not allow visitors per quarantine and contact tracing protocols.

"The state requires assisted living facilities to isolate residents who have tested positive and to quarantine the residents who have been exposed to the virus, even if they have tested negative," the release states.

Stillwater County Public Health reports all residents and workers have been notified of test results.

The Meadowlark assisted living facility is operated by Montana-based Caslen Living Centers, Inc. The company operates six assisted living facilities across the state, according to its website.

As of Tuesday, Stillwater County has 31 active COVID-19 cases, bringing the county total to 76 confirmed cases. Two county residents have died from the virus.

Stillwater County residents with questions about COVID-19 are asked to call the local public health line at 406-322-1070. The Stillwater County COVID-19 response web site can be accessed by clicking here.